Learning aims:

Students are expected to look up information that will help them answer the questions resulting from activity 1.


The Internet, professional literature

Suggestions for use:

The activity consists of two parts. Students are divided (optimally) into four 6-member groups. Each group is supposed to find different information on blood as well as to look up the answers to the questions of activity 1 on the Internet. At the same time they are given questions that specify what sort of information they should look for.

Group 1:

– Why do people need blood transfusion?

– What is the health condition of people who need blood?

– Is blood from one donor enough?

Group 2:

– What are the conditions for donating blood?

– Who may become a blood donor?

– How often can one donate blood?

Group 3:

– Why a patient cannot be saved by blood of any donor?

– What does one’s blood type depend on?

– What blood types are there?

Group 4:

– What properties does blood have?

– What does it consist of?

– How can it be stored?

The answers can be found on the website of transfusion centers.

First, each group member looks up the answers to given questions, a pair work can be used alternatively. They are required to write down everything they consider relevant information.

In the second part of this activity the members of each group meet at one desk and work out a collective text containing the answers to the questions (a printed text of approximately 180 words).

Possible questions:

  • We heard about donating plasma. How can we donate only plasma without blood cells?
  • How is it technically possible to implement?
  • Who produces equipment and tools for taking a blood for transfusion?